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Coolibah Lodge Backpackers
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We stayed here in a double room.Comfortable and spacious.They have Global Gossip internet which you pay for.
Staff aren't the most helpful.It's good value for money.

The way the hostel is set out makes it hard to meet everybody.Loads of little rooms and social areas.Saying that I'd stay here again.They take no messing of anybody and if somsbody does cause trouble they sling them out.

You can't bring your own alcohol into the hostel.They do sell alcohol at reception though and there is free breakfast.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Contrary to other reviews here I think the positives stopped in this place after you met the friendly people on reception.

First and most importantly, the rooms are TINY and are in urgent need of refubishment.

Worringly, myself and at least one other person in our 4 bed dorm roon was awoken several times during the night due to being cold. This was only remedied after telling reception and we were given a huge heavy rough blanket which STILL didn't keep the cold out. There is no provision for secure storage in the rooms, so you just have to hope and pray that the other guests in your room are the honest type lol.

The beds feel flimsy and do not have a step access for the top bunk meaning you have to perform a gymnastic feat to get up and down. This, coupled with the cold air, low ceilings and general lack of decoration mean you never feel truly comfortable here.

For all intents and purposes this is an Irish backpackers hostel btw. They make up 90% of the guests and whilst not a problem in itself they tend to be somewhat closed off to non-Irish and this was noted by several people other than myself.

It's location is rubbish. It's an undulating 15-20 minute walk to the city centre and the same the other way to the nearest supermarket.

The overall layout of the place is weird too. It's basically two large houses adjacent to each other, modified to make a backpackers lodge. Doesn't sound too bad on paper but in practice you are left with a veritable rabbits warren of random unpractical rooms (seperate shower from toilet for example) which seemingly branch off everywhere.

They have a very draconian policy on alcohol too. Strictly none is allowed inside of the hostel (including rooms) but you are "permitted" to buy overpriced cans from the reception fridge (I was told there was a bar there when I first checked in) which then have to be OPENED by a member of staff in front of you! I was told at 11:40 that they had stopped serving cans despite the manager telling me the night before that it was 12.
Obviously this is part of the terms of the licence but is just yet another reason why there is a heavy and opressive atmosphere over the place. It doesn't feel like a backpackers at all, it feels like a halfway house for prisoners with it's opressive rules and cliquey groups of (overwhelmingy Irish) backpackers.

There is a no guest policy surprise surprise as well.

Lastly and by no means least there is the small matter of price. They charge $32 per night for a 4 bed dorm in a cold, uncomfortable room. This was at the beginning of Spring and thus is bound to increase. A hostel not far down the road and closer to the action quoted me $40 for a single room, as by way of comparison.

As one redeeming feature the place is clean in all fairness, but give me a spot of dust here and there in return for a decent warm room any day of the week,

So I would definitley check out other hostels before booking here!

Room Tip: Ask for one not located outside.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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1  Thank dlangd0n
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CoolibahLodge, Manager at Coolibah Lodge Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2014

Hi Maja,

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your stay with us!

We try our upmost to make our guest feel welcome and comfortable.

Please be aware that you could have come to reception any time and we would have addressed any issues you had.

Hopefully you will enjoy the rest of your stay in Australia

Kind regards,

Management

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Reviewed March 17, 2012

nice cottage style place but a bit far out town, good staff

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Having read the horror stories of hostels in Perth we were not expecting much. However, we spent two nights there and were pleasantly surprised. The staff were very friendly, the communal areas were clean and the room was good quality. Despite there being a large amount of people staying there noise wasn't a problem.

Although slighlty out of the city centre there is pleanty of decent restaurants and pubs nearby.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank bat185
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CoolibahLodge, Manager at Coolibah Lodge Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2013

Hi,

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us!

It is currently peak season in Perth therefore we try our best to accommodate all of our guests and we are sorry if you found that annoying, unfortunately due to being licensed we have set rules that we have to abide by because of the liquor act.

Our internet is Global Gossip which fixed prices $15 for 7 days unlimited is a very reasonably price and not very expensive at all for Perth.

We keep mail for every person who lets us know that they are expecting some. If you let us know at reception to keep your mail we would contact you when it arrives.We are sorry about the misunderstanding, but we also do not throw any mail in the trash . All mail is return back to the sender at the end of every week!

Coolibah Lodge Team

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Reviewed December 8, 2011

Although the hostel is at the far end of Northbridge it is worth staying here.

We were greeted on arrival by friendly staff who told us where the supermarkets were and about the bar that they have at the hostel, they also ahve happy hours and there is a pool table area where you can drink late in to the night and not disturb any guests.

Our room wasnt ready as we arrived very early so we stayed in the lounge area which is very large with lots of comfy seats and a huge TV, everyone is friendly and it has a lovely atmosphere.

The Kitchen was also a very decent size, they do charge you a $3 deposit to use the crockery which you get back when you hand it in, this is a good idea as you can always find a plate and know it will be clean. They also offer a free breakfast which is great.

The Wifi was very cheap and when we had problems with ours not working one night the receptionist rang global gossip and gave as an extra 24 hours for free.

I rented a double room which was lovely with a fridge, sink and storage space, there is also a nice courtyard, beware this is where alot of smokers go,guests have to leave the area at 10pm so as not to disturb guests and this was adhered to the whole time we were there which was nearly a week.

The hotel was extremely clean and there was always someone cleaning

All the staff were so friendly they even rembered your name and if I hadnt found a permenant place to live in Perth then I would have definately stayed longer.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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